Student achieves a substantial personal accomplishment that positively impacts someone or some organization beyond him or herself, and receives external recognition for that accomplishment. The student reflects upon undertaking and accomplishing a significant challenge through the use of a thoughtful process.
Student achieves a significant goal that has little or no impact on anyone other than him/herself.
Student attempts but does not succeed in accomplishing a goal.
A student participates in judo for many years, and during high school, works concertedly toward a black belt, the highest recognition in the martial art discipline. Through the process, the student reflects thoughtfully on challenges and approaches to overcoming those challenges. The student earns the black belt ultimately.
A student with a passion for music studies multiple instruments over the course of his school career. In the final years of high school, the student composes original music and publishes performances on his own popular Youtube channel, gaining hundreds of thousands of views. Additionally, the student arranges and performs music for both the school musical and a community theater production.
A student recognizes a need for improved software for schools to help teachers and students manage learning. The student forms a team of peers worldwide and, using available open source and original code, designs a software platform for schools. Her school pilots the software and likes it, and a presentation to venture capitalists nets a large amount of money to help move the project forward.
A student is introduced to a unit on social change in History and English. She investigates the problem of child labor in the city of Mumbai and uses the designing thinking model to find a solution to the problem. She interviews members of the community and connects with local law enforcement. She designs a number of posters to raise awareness of the issue and how to report a crime if noticed. After the project is completed he continues to push this issue and meets with the Mumbai police a semester later to start a campaign. The police agree to use to the poster on billboards around the city.